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Hilton Hotels boss sentenced to death by hanging



Hilton Hotels boss sentenced to death by hanging

Hilton Hotels Chairman, Dr Raheem Adedoyin, and two employees, Adeniyi Aderogba and Kazeem Oyetunde, have been sentenced to death by hanging by the Osun State High Court in Osogbo.

The Chief Judge of Osun State, Justice Adepele Ojo, delivered the verdict on Tuesday, finding them guilty of the murder of Timothy Adegoke.

The case involved the tragic death of Timothy Adegoke, a postgraduate student at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, who passed away in November 2021 while staying at Hilton Hotels in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

During the court proceedings, Magdalene Chiefuna, Lawrence Oluwole, and Adedeji Adesola, who were also employees of Hilton Hotels, were acquitted and discharged. The sentencing for the seventh defendant will be determined on Wednesday, as per the court’s decision based on pleas from both the prosecution and defense counsels.

The trial saw increased security measures at the Osun State High Court premises in anticipation of the judgment.

Dr Raheem Adedoyin, as the Chairman of Hilton Hotels, Ile-Ife, faced charges alongside Magdalene Chiefuna, Adeniyi Aderogba, Oluwole Lawrence, Oyetunde Kazeem Adebayo Kunle, and Adedeji Adesola. They were collectively charged with 18 counts, including murder, conspiracy, and oath of secrecy, among other offenses.

The court’s ruling, imposing the death penalty, highlights the severity of the charges and the tragic loss of Timothy Adegoke’s life. As the news of the sentencing spreads, it is likely to generate public discourse and raise questions about the safety and security measures in place within hospitality establishments.

The outcome of the trial and the punishment handed down will serve as a reminder of the importance of ensuring the well-being and protection of guests in hotels and other similar accommodations.

The case also underscores the significance of a fair judicial process and the need to uphold the rule of law in delivering justice.